City of Manila receives the most badass police cars we've ever seen

Updated Feb 09, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Trucks fit for Manila’s finest.

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck is one tough vehicle. It’s so tough in-fact that a couple of police forces worldwide including the Philippine National Police have been using the Hilux extensively as a patrol vehicle and personnel carrier.

With that in mind, the Manila Police Department’s Special Weapons Action Team (MPD-SWAT) received six brand new SWAT pickup trucks. The donation came from the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) and these might be the most badass police cars we’ve ever seen.

A picture of the MPD-SWAT Toyota Hilux.

The urban landscape is tricky so these modified Hiluxes will come in handy

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Why are these six Hiluxes so badass? Well for starters, they were modified by Overland Kings to meet the surprisingly tough and sometimes unpredictable nature of the Philippine urban landscape. They gave it the usual “tough truck” kit like a snorkel, 12,000-pound capacity winch with remote, auxiliary lights, steel bumpers, rock sliders, and a set of 17-inch Black Rhinos wrapped in Nitto Exo Grappler All-Weather Tires.

Apart from that though, these Hiluxes were also given some tools that the MPD-SWAT might need in their operations. It has a high lift jack, a siren with a PA system, fire extinguishers, and an awesome looking exterior frame supporting a breaching ladder. If we look at these new MPD-SWAT Hiluxes as a whole, we’re definitely convinced that these were designed to be flexible enough to meet the rigors of SWAT operations.

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A picture of the front of the MPD-SWAT Toyota Hilux.

Ready for floods, sketchy roads, and quick response operations

The six Toyota Hilux units were handed over by Dr. Cecilio Pedro, the Vice President of FFCCCII, to Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso during the flag-raising ceremony at the Kartilya ng Katipunan. This is the second set of vehicles the FFCCCII donated, it had already handed over 20 Toyota Vios patrol vehicles earlier this year.

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Know more about Toyota Hilux 2022

Toyota Hilux

The Toyota Hilux 2022 is a midsize pickup offered in the local market as both fleet and regular units. Toyota Hilux Prices Philippines range from PHP 843,000 to PHP 1,985,000 with 14 variants, spanning from the basic cab & chassis 4x2 model to the range-topping GR Sport 4x4. It is also available in two turbodiesel engine options and four gearbox choices, accompanied by eight exterior colors. Dimensions start at 5,285mm in height, 1,800mm in width, and 1,700mm in height, with a wheelbase of 3,085mm. The lowest monthly installment starts at Php 10,000 for the cab & chassis model, with 60-month payment terms on a 50 percent downpayment. Among the rivals to the Toyota Hilux in the market are the Mitsubishi Strada, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, and the Isuzu D-Max.

This popular pickup continues to evolve and slowly move upmarket after gaining luxuries. The most significant revolutionary jump of the Hilux happened in 2004 when the seventh-generation of the model was introduced. It was the first 21st-century iteration of Toyota's pickup. It is also the first generation to ride on Toyota’s new Innovative Multi-purpose Vehicle architecture. It provided improved safety, better ride comfort, modern D-4D diesel engines, more interior space, and a more modern aerodynamic body.

The current 8th generation offers a more refined and stylish design than its predecessor, but the tradition of being a tough pickup continues. It received a much-awaited refresh in 2020. 

₱ 843,000 - ₱ 2,039,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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